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Bill Lambusta and Brian Erickson discuss their favorite music through the lens of the medium they care for most, the ALBUM.

Bill Lambusta and Brian Erickson discuss their favorite music through the lens of the medium they care for most, the ALBUM.
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Bill Lambusta and Brian Erickson discuss their favorite music through the lens of the medium they care for most, the ALBUM.




Fugees - The Score (w/ guest Bobby Olivier)

Music/entertainment reporter for and The Star Ledger joins Bill and Brian to discuss Fugees' second and final album the Score (1996, Ruffhouse/Columbia). Bobby talks about how a deep dive into this album while preparing a retrospective celebrating its 20th anniversary helped him learn to fully appreciate this work. Then Bill, Brian, and Bobby discuss Bobby's interview with Wyclef Jean, the themes on this- as Lauryn Hill describes it - "audio film," pass-the-mic style posse cuts and...


Liner Notes - Martin Shkreli, Wu-Tang Clan, Live Songs, Best 90s Guitar Solos

Bill hangs out at Brian's pad for a change as we talk about Martin Shkreli's conviction and what it means for that one of a kind Wu-Tang Album, read some listener emails about definitive live versions of songs, and visit Facebook to debate the best guitar solos of the 90s! Make sure to check out Lowlight's latest single, "Can't Stop now, available on Spotify, and see the band on tour with the Pretenders this Spring! Visit for details!


Joni Mitchell - Blue (w/ guest Dave Mooney)

Musician Dave Mooney ( joins Bill and Brian to discuss Joni Mitchell's influential relationship album Blue (1971, Reprise). Dave talks about Spotify algorithms doing him a solid and making sure Joni's music crossed his plate. Then Bill, Brian, and Dave talk about the album's sparse production, the value of speculating on an artist's biographical info, Graham Nash and James Taylor's influence on the lyrical content, Stephen Stills lending his talents, accidental...


Cheap Trick - In Color (w/ guest BJ Kahuna)

Podcaster BJ Kahuna (Rock and/or Roll, Cheap Talk with Trick Chat) joins Bill and Brian to discuss Cheap Trick's In Color (1977, Epic).


Kevin Devine - Make the Clocks Move (w/ guest Jaime Parker)

Bill and Brian are joined by musician Jaime Parker ( and to talk about indie artist Kevin Devine's sophomore effort Make the Clocks Move (2003, Triple Crown Records).


Liner Notes - The Stone Pony, Quincey Jones, and Mail Bag

Bill and Brian pick up the digital phone to have a relaxed conversation about Brian preparing for a show at the Stone Pony, Quincey Jones epic rants, and some listener emails that touch on Boston, Elliott Smith, Ben Folds Five, and the Eagles!


Hole - Live Through This (w/ guest Adam Bird)

Musician Adam Bird ( joins Bill and Brian to discuss Hole's breakthrough sophomore effort Live Through This (1994, DGC).


Blondie - Parallel Lines (w/ guest Jonathyne Briggs)

Author and professor Jonathyne Briggs joins Bill and Brian to discuss Blondie's breakthrough third album Parallel Lines (1978, Chrysalis). Jonathyne talks about underestimating the band as a singles band in his youth before really digging into their catalog after they reformed in the late 90s. Then Bill, Brian, and Jonathyne discuss sexism in the NYC punk scene, Mike Chapman's dictatorial production, Debbie Harry's voice, the excellent rhythm section - Clem Burke and Nigel Harrison, Robert...


The Clash - London Calling (w/ guest Nick Palmer)

Musician Nick Palmer joins Bill to talk about iconic, landmark "punk" album London Calling (CBS/Epic, 1979) by the Clash. Nick describes working his way back from Green Day to eventually picking up Combat Rock and not understand how anyone could call it punk. Then Bill and Nick talk about Nick's fandom forming fully, the important dichotomy of Joe Strummer and Mick Jones, Paul Simonon's surprisingly good bass despite his own self-deprecating description of it, Topper Headon's killer drums,...


Norah Jones - Come Away with Me (w/ guest Matt Kelly)

Podcaster Matt Kelly ( joins Bill and Brian to discuss Norah Jones' massive breakout debut Come Away with Me (2002, Blue Note). Matt shares how Jones' blend of melancholy jazz and country helped him process the death of an important family member who passed shortly before this album was released. Then Bill, Brian, and Matt discuss the possible influence of Willie Nelson, Starbucks albums, how Jesse Harris may be the luckiest guy, Lee Alexander's soft country style, Jones'...


Ben Folds Five - The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner (w/ Brian Rothenbeck and Jay Gogel)

Bill takes the weekend off, leaving the program in Brian's questionable hands. But he recruits solo artist, bandleader, and Yarnspinners Podcast maestro Brian Rothenbeck ( to be the guest co-host. Together, the two Brian's and special guest Jay Gogel (of The Adventuring Party) dig deep into Ben Folds Five's final album, The Unauthorized Biography of Reinhold Messner (1999/550 Music). Brian recalls a sad breakup that echoes "Don't Change Your Plans," while Rothenbeck...


The Velvet Underground & Nico (w/ guest Mike Noordzy)

Multi-instrumentalist Mike Noordzy of psychedelic afro-cuban surf jazz band El Noordzo ( joins Bill and Brian to discuss the eponymous album The Velvet Underground and Nico (1967, Verve). Mike talks about falling in love with a Velvets' best of he found at a random used record shop, before we get into talking about Nico's contributions as a vocalist, Tom Wilson punching up the sound, the effect Andy Warhol had on the band, John Cale vs. Sterling Morrison on bass, Lou...


Liner Notes - Mail Bag

Welcome to the first ever Liner Notes edition of the Great Albums podcast, a semi-monthly version of the show where Bill and Brian get to relax a little, read some listener emails, make corrections, and possibly chat about some new topics. In this episode we read some listener emails about loving Boston as a kid, giving the podcast a second chance, some top songs of 2017, guests helping the podcast get some context, and some cool local bands from other parts of the world. Check these out:...


Heatmiser - Mic City Sons

Bill and Brian dive into Heatmiser, a band that might be familiar to some as "Elliott Smith's band," and their final album Mic City Sons (1996, Caroline). Bill and Brian discuss picking this album up from the Princeton Record Exchange used section, Elliott Smith's value as a band member, co-songwriter Neil Gust going song for song in quality alongside Elliott, Tony Lash's contributions to the Pacific Northwest sound as a producer, Sam Coomes subtle arrangements on bass and keys, beets, and...


Boston - Self Titled (w/ guest Mike Virok)

Bill and Brian are joined by guitarist and certified luthier Mike Virok ( to discuss Boston's self titled debut album (1976, Epic). Mike talks about discovering this music while his dad played side one on the tape deck while driving to his bowling league. Then Bill, Brian, and Mike get into near one-man-band Tom Scholz production, Brad Delp's important contributions as vocalist, the band's status as "corporate rock," the Real World Boston, rocking out to these...


One Great Song - The Beach Boys "Good Vibrations"

Bill and Brian close out the year by discussing an all time classic song, "Good Vibrations" by the Beach Boys (1966, Capitol). We get into Brian Wilson's arrangements and composition style, Mike Love's lyrical contributions, Dennis Wilson's musicianship, whether it's Carol Kaye or possibly Carl Wilson on bass, where the song belongs amongst other great songs from the 60s and 70s, just how many song parts there are, a little music theory [listener, be warned], and a listener email about...


Bonus Song Thursday - Christmas Spectacular

It's Bonus Song Thursday! Bill and Brian are again joined by .com blogger Jeff Fiedler to discuss some musical Christmas memories. We chat about some odd albums we've received as gifts, some of our favorite gifts, and a little about our Jeff's favorite Christmas tune!


Top 10 Albums of 2017 (Part II - Jeff)

Bill and Brian are joined by blogger and resident bin-diver Jeff Fiedler to count down his top 10 albums of 2017. Listeners are in for a treat as we get into an all new, all different list of great albums that were released in the 2017 calendar year! *Note: there is an early discussion about this year's hit of the summer "Despacito," and it being attributed to Justin Bieber. It's worth pointing out that, although the remix version that featured the Biebs' as a guest...


Bonus Song Thursday - Ruby Bones "Heart of Darkness"

It's Bonus Song Thursday! Bill and Brian continue talking about our favorite albums of 2017 by highlighting a release from a local NJ band, Ruby Bones! We talk about what a great guy band leader Chris Nova is and his dedication to the scene and how Brian obtained an early copy of the album through some underhanded means. Then we read some listener emails about Billy Joel, Cyndi Lauper and Jules Shear, and some possible changes coming to the Great Albums in 2018.


Top 10 Albums of 2017 (Part I - Brian)

Bill and Brian count down their top 10 albums of 2017. As has become our custom, Bill defers to Brian to give us a list of 10 hip, cool albums that came out in the past calendar year. Stay tuned for next week's episode in which we'll have another all new, all different top 10!


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